by Joyce Szili
(Washington, DC area)
Hustle is a circular, slotted, traveling, open, closed dance with several visual lead and follow moves.
Leaders – When dancing hustle on a crowded floor, it is very important for the leader to stay more slotted and vary moves according to the density of the crowd. Even on a crowded floor, the leader can set up the dance to avoid trouble areas. All leaders need to learn several emergency moves to quickly lead away from a collision.
Followers – Dancing is a partnership and, when it comes to maneuvering around a crowded floor, both partners can help out. A follower can do this by paying attention to the lead when the floor is crowded. He/she can also look out for upcoming collisions when the leader is “backing line of dance” and give the leader’s hand a squeeze (or a tap on the shoulder) to alert him/her of oncoming traffic.